On offer is a hand carved shell cameo of Ceres, Goddess of the Harvest set in a 10K yellow gold frame with a twisted pierced ribbon of gold surrounding it and entwined with tiny, tiny seed pearls threaded on a very fine gold wire. The cameo itself is from around the 1880's and exhibits good detailing such as the stalks of wheat twined in her hair. Her curling hair, the graduated bead necklace carved at the base of her throat and the softly draped clothing are all indicative of very good quality carving from the Italian craftsmen of that time. The 10K gold frame dates from the turn of the 20th century or about 1900. It is particularly pretty with its reticulated twisted ribbon surround as well as the unbelievably tiny (think about the size of the tip of a “Fine” gauge “Sharpie” pen tip!) seed pearls first strung onto a gold wire and then woven in and out of the twisted ribbon—amazing! This kind of work is simply not done these days and most likely won't be in the future simply because of the skill it takes and the cost of such craftsmanship. The cameo measures 2 1/4” tall by 1 3/4” wide and approximately 1/2” at its thickest point front to back. It is a true heirloom quality piece which can be passed on through the generations and treasured forever. Pieces like it are becoming more and more difficult to acquire. The pin mechanism is in good working order with a safety clasp and the piece is in very good, used, estate condition with no cracks in the shell cameo or other damage. What a wonderful gift to give yourself or a lady you love to treasure for the rest of her life and beyond!

Gold, White
2.25 x 1.75
Gold, 10K Gold, Shell

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Antique Shell Cameo of Ceres, 10K Gold and Seed Pearl Frame


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